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Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad beat Al Ahly 1-0 in the FIFA Club World Championship curtain raiser on Sunday, ending the Egyptians’ remarkable 55-match unbeaten run.

Captain Mohammed Noor pounced on a loose ball after an error by Ahly ‘keeper Essam El Hadary and fired home from point-blank range in the 78th minute, on a bitterly cold Tokyo night.

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